City welcomes Brazilian students

29 January 2013

City welcomes Brazilian students

Professor Douglas Bovell pictured with some of our Brazilian students in Glasgow City Chambers

More than 40 GCU students from Brazil have been welcomed to Glasgow by the city’s council.

They were among 140 Brazilian students studying in Glasgow with the Science Without Borders scholarship programme invited to a reception hosted by Baillie Liz Cameron in the City Chambers. Bailie Cameron said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Brazilian students. Glasgow is a city of the future and a major centre of research, discovery and innovation. It is particularly welcoming to have so many international students here, especially as the council and our various partners are working together to attract more young people to the wonders of technology and scientific education. I know they will soon regard Glasgow as a home away from home."

Diego Santos Lopes, studying BSc Food Biosciences at GCU with the scheme, said: “This is a great opportunity and seeing Scotland and experiencing GCU has been the best time of my life.”

Professor Douglas Bovell, Associate Dean International of the School of Health and Life Sciences, was at the event. He said: “Our Brazilian students are enjoying themselves and their courses and GCU is benefitting immensely, too. We want to produce graduates who are global citizens and having 46 students at the University gives our students a better understanding of other cultures. The Brazilian students and home students learn from each other.”

Science without Borders UK is a Brazilian Government scholarship programme which aims to send 100,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate sandwich courses, PhD sandwich courses and full PhDs to study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries at universities around the world. The UK will welcome 10,000 students through the scheme.